• Federer thrashes Simon in Rome third round

    5/17/13 6:21 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Federer thrashes Simon in Rome third round Roger Federer takes care of Gilles Simon in easy straight sets on Thursday in Rome. Federer advances to a quarterfinal clash against Jerzy Janowicz.

    Roger Federer maintained his steady progress through the Internazionali BNL d'Italia bracket when he crushed Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday night. Federer needed just one hour and two minutes to set up a quarterfinal date with Jerzy Janowicz.

    Simon brought with him a solid 2-2 lifetime record against Federer heading into this one, but he had no chance in their fifth career meeting. The 17th-ranked Frenchman struck one ace compared to three double-faults and he won a mere seven of 24 second-serve points. Federer served at 73 percent and did not face a single break point.

    "In the first set and a half, every time I had a chance I made it on break point," the third-ranked Swiss explained. "I think I was able to create a lot of opportunities and put a lot of pressure on (Simon). So I'm very pleased with tonight's performance."

    Federer's clash against Janowicz will mark the first time they have ever faced each other. The 24th-ranked Pole is coming off consecutive upsets of Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet.

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